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Does balsamic vinegar cut the fat in foods?

By February 2, 2009 - 9:47am
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I was out with friends this weekend and they were putting balsamic vinegar on their pizza. They said that it helped cut the fat during the digestion process. Does anyone know if this actually works? If so, why?

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I'm not so sure about balsamic vinegar containing pepsin. Pepsin is one of the three enzymes in gastric acids, and is the protein digesting enzyme that reacts well in an acid environment.

However, adding more acidity in your foods does not improve, but can actually impede, the digestive process by causing an acidic imbalance.

Balsamic vinegar contains alpha linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid, associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

Vinegar is high in acetic acid (but acetic acid is not vinegar) and can help your body absorb essential minerals from the foods you eat.

"...the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health that was created specifically to investigate natural or unconventional therapies that hold promise, has not published any studies about vinegar, despite the fact that there has been renewed interest in vinegar's healing benefits recently."

Source: How Stuff Works: The Health Benefits of Vinegar

Also see:
Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar

The Vinegar Institute

Trivia: Pepsi gets its name from pepsin.

February 19, 2009 - 7:04pm
EmpowHER Guest

Having a spoonful of vinegar before every meal help the digestion process along so the food does not leave fatty deposits behind !!

February 19, 2009 - 1:51pm
HERWriter Guide

I love balsamic vinegar! I wouldn't pour it over my pizza though!

They are probably doing this because balsamic vinegar contains the enzyme pepsin, which is a digestive enzyme that helps in the breakdown of our foods.

Pepsin works best when in an acidic setting, so vinegar is an obvious choice, when wanting to consume pepsin.

It is also thought that the taste of vinegar in foods makes people feel fuller.

However, vinegar is good only in moderation. It's too acidic to consume a lot of it.

People would be better off to put balsamic vinegar on their salads and skip the pizza! Putting it on fattening foods is not going to give anyone a 'pass' - no-one is going to magically not gain weight if they put it on their pizza or fries! Unfortunately, it's not a miracle food.

So even if the pepsin in balsamic vinegar helps with digestion, it's not really going to cut the fat out of our digestive process, or eliminate unused fat from being stored.

February 2, 2009 - 12:31pm
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